Runners Market

Western Plaza 865-588-1650
4443 Kingston Pike, Knoxville, TN 37919

Kevin & Sam Pack
Meet the Staff

Kevin Pack | Owner

Kevin started running in the early 70’s. As a youngster, he ran circles around a cemetery and up and down hills, woods, and back roads in West Virginia. He took up cross country in high school with five fun guys on the team. Upon opening Runners Market in 1995, marathoning was surging; so he jumped in and ran three. Top pick for where to run is in a forest!


Shoe: Saucony Kinvara, Altra Instinct, Vibram Five Fingers
Running Outfit: Shorts only weather permitting, accessorized with water bottle
Pre-Run Meal: Usually nothing. Oats/raisins/tea/honey if on longer trail runs.
Post-Run Meal: Whatever Samantha and I are cooking and homebrew (chocolate milk if on the job)
Running Route Nearby: Sequoyah Greenway or any number of the great parks in the area with trails.
Race: Wears Valley 15K and Charleston Distance Run (WV) early on.
Beer: Don’t get me started.
Music: Blues, some classical, R&R (mostly older stuff).
Movie: Anything with Glenn Close, Jack Nicholson, John Wayne, Kevin Spacey, or Monty Python crew.

Samantha Pack | Owner

Sam and Kevin dreamed up Runners Market when they had three kids under five years old???  Those kids are in their 20s now, and the business has been a family affair ever since.  Sam has kept her day job as an Environmental Remediation project manager through the whole ordeal (somebody had to be the grown up). Running has been a way of life for Sam ever since grade school.  After opening Runners Market, Kevin convinced her to do a marathon, and she ended up doing four.  A back injury has slowed her road racing, but not her time running up and down mountains.  Now she spends as much time as possible running through the woods.

Sam and Kevin have been long-time supporters of the Knoxville Track Club, the KTC Youth Program, and numerous races throughout the years


Shoe: Minimal – New Balance Minimus Trail, Five Fingers; long-time Asics fan.
Running Outfit: Big fan of Nike apparel. (Why, Moving Comfort, WHY?!?!?!?)
Pre-Run Beverage:  Coffee!!!
Post-Run Meal:  Late breakfast – eggs, biscuits, the works.
Running Route Nearby: Sequoyah Hills.  Is western North Carolina “near-by”?
Race: Haw Ridge Trail Race
Beer: Dogfishhead 90-Minute IPA – ask anyone in my family
Music:  Bluesy-Rock, like John Mayer, Joe Bonamassa.  Forever CS&N
Movie: Field of Dreams

Michael deLisle | Manager

Michael has been with Runners Market since its inception in 1995. Formerly a highly competitive masters runner, he was forced by knee injuries to join the dark side, hopping onto mountain and road bikes (and motorcycles!) and into Z-Health and Convict Conditioning for workouts.

Very active with the Knoxville Track Club as webmaster, Footnotes Magazine editor, race photographer, and director of the Treadin’ Trodden Trails Offroad Running Series, Michael somehow finds time to work and pursue his passions of writing and music. His teenage son Jesse is a fixture cheering at and running in local races.


Shoe: Asics Gel-Exult, circa 1993
Running Outfit: Sleeveless T with split shorts
Pre-Run Beverage: Rarely eat before workout, just drink highly caffeinated tea and lots of it
Post-Run Meal: Salad, Thai Rice, Grilled Salmon
Running Route Nearby: Haw Ridge, Norris, I.C. King, Concord… I love ‘em all!
Race: Mill House, back before all the subdivisions
Beer: Not since 1990 (yeah, I know; I picked a bad century to give up drinking!)
Music: Way too many favorites. Best song ever? All Along the Watchtower (Hendrix’s version)
Movie: You gotta be kidding me. I’ve seen thousands and I’m supposed to pick one? Can’t do it. Just can’t. Maybe I could make a list…

Jimmy Mittlestat

Jimmy ran Track and Cross Cross Country at Oak Ridge High School from 1998 to 2002 and earned PRs of 1:57 (800) and 4:25 (1600) on the track and 15:39 in Cross Country (3 mile). He then went on to run Cross Country on scholarship at Tennessee Tech from 2002 to 2006 blazing to a PR of 26:56 for 8k. In his post-collegiate days, Jimmy qualified for the Boston Marathon with 3:03:42 at the Memphis Marathon in 2009…but was not able to compete at Boston due to an injury. These days, Jimmy enjoys running 5 or 6 miles everyday and puts more of an emphasis on weight training and core workouts. He is also an Assistant Cross Country and Track Coach at Hardin Valley Academy.


Shoe: Nike Pegasus
Running Outfit: Asics Shorts (that’s it)
Pre-Run Meal: Bagel with Peanut Butter and Honey
Post Run Meal: Not too picky… Mexican or Italian is always pleasing
Running Routes: Hardin Valley cross country course or the trails at Concord Park.
Music: Metallica, Linkin Park, Jack Johnson, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Live
Movie: Rudy

Emily Bolling

Emily is a member of the Marathon Maniacs, a group that ranks its members by their maniacal passion for marathoning. In 2012, Emily completed 13 marathons in 13 different states. She is currently working toward completing at least one marathon in each of the 50 states, and hopes to reach her 30th state overall in 2013. Prior to her marathon mania, Emily ran at the collegiate level for the UNC-Asheville cross country team.


Shoe: Asics DS-Trainer, INOV-8 Trailrock 236, and Saucony Mirage 3
Pre-Run Beverage: Starbucks
Post-Run Beverage: Starbucks
Race: Little Grand Canyon Marathon (Utah)
Beer: Rouge Chocolate Stout
Music: After 5 years, Michael has managed to kill my love of all music..I must sit in silence and meditate. *mmmmmmm*
Movie: Goodfellas

Tyler Pack

Tyler began his running career with KTC Youth Program, and has stayed involved by running and helping out with numerous KTC races since he was able to walk. In high school, he played club and school soccer (Farragut) and was a member of the 2007 state championship team. He  graduated with a B.S. in Civil Engineering at UTK.

Shoe: Saucony Triumph ISO, Brooks Pure Grit 1 and 4, INOV-8 Terroc
Pre-Run Meal: Something solid to go with way too much coffee
Post-Run Meal: A beer that makes you think you’ve had a meal
Running Route Nearby: Sequoyah Greenway or any trails within 30 minutes
Race: Haw Ridge Trail Race
Beer: Duck Rabbit Milk Stout, Terrapin, Oskar Blues, anything KP brews up
Music: Just find a good Pandora station for every situation
Movie: Ocean’s 11

James Miller

James has been running competitively since he was 12 years old. Born and raised in the Knoxville area, his first race was the KTC Knoxville road mile. After running cross-country and track at Oak Ridge High School, James spent his first two years at the University of Tennessee where he started at Runners Market. After running the Knoxville marathon, he transferred to run Cross Country and Track at East Tennessee State University. Recently graduating with a degree in Exercise Science, and pursuing a masters degree in the same, he comes back to the Runners Market family ready to get everyone in Knoxville out running.


Shoe: Brooks Ghost 7,  T7 Racer
Running Outfit: the shortest split shorts money can buy
Pre-Run Meal: Usually nothing
Post-Run Meal: Endurox R4 recovery drink, chocolate milk
Running Route Nearby: All Haw Ridge trails
Favorite Race Distances: 3000m Steeplechase, 1 Mile, 5000m, Marathon
Beer: Laughing Skull, Anything I can brew myself
Music: Manchester Orchestra, Avett Brothers, Shakey Graves, Mother Mother, Tool
Movie: Interstellar, The Dark Night Rises, Inception, Django, Dallas Buyers Club, Fight Club

Gabe Holguin

Originally from Panama City Florida, Gabe moved to Knoxville after graduating from Winthrop University with a B.S. in Exercise Science and minored in coaching. He ran cross country and track for the Eagles and was a multiple All-Big South Conference performer.


Shoe: Brooks Ghost
Running Outfit: Nike apparel
Pre-Run Meal: Clif Bar w/ fruit
Post-Run Meal: Whatever is for dinner
Running Route Nearby: Cherokee Blvd/Sequoyah Hills park
Music: Bumps to just about anything
Movie: 30 for 30 series on ESPN